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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon HD 4890 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4890 1GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 975 MHz on this particular card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 190 Watts
Difference: 143 Watts (304%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4890 1GB, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 1GB 124800 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 112000 (875%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4890 1GB will be much (approximately 363%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 1GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31360 (363%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4890 1GB should be a lot (more or less 270%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 1GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11680 (270%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon HD 4890 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 Radeon HD 4890 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 Apr 2, 2009
Code Name G84 RV790 XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 124800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 959 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4890 1GB

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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